‘I Don't Have PR Machinery', Abhay Deol On Being Recognised Despite Not Having ‘Star Image'

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Abhay Deol has often spoken about several matters in Bollywood explicitly. The actor seems calm in real life and portrays the same sense even in his movies. The storylines he chooses are pretty underrated and he often takes up projects that don’t have too much melodrama. 

Even though the actor belongs to the Deol family, he still stands out amongst all his siblings. He ventured into Bollywood with Socha Na Tha, and the sweet coming-of-age movie amassed a lot of appreciation as well.

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Abhay gave several movies in Bollywood post the success of his first project. He also ventured into OTT platforms in recent years. He was recently seen in Disney Channel’s very first movie with a South Asian protagonist. 

The 45-year-old talented star gave his honest view on the film industry and said that he gained recognition over time and does not follow every Bollywood celebrities’ typical route.

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Speaking to a leading daily, he said that he does not think he is known as an actor. He further added “People recognise me, they tell me they love my work. I don’t feel the lack of recognition at all.”

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He also spoke about what differentiates him from the other actors and said that it’s the ‘lack of investing in PR machinery.’

Abhay also said that he was never interested in being in the news and projecting a star image. He also added that since he does not have PR machinery, he lacks the star image. Therefore, not having a PR team is a choice he made.

“People want to interview me, I get interviewed. People recognise me, they tell me they love my work. I don’t feel the lack of recognition at all. If there is any lack of, it’s the lack of investing in a PR machinery to keep me in the news all the time, and project a star image, which I was never interested in. So I do lack that star image, which I myself have to feed. Because all the stars have a PR machinery behind them that feeds into that narrative. I don’t have that, and that’s by choice.”

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He also spoke about the difference between actors in the US and India. He said, “It’s sad that in India particularly, more so than in America, you just have to constantly feed the beast and stay in the news.”

He still continues to take up projects and scripts that strike a chord with him and does deny roles that do not match his tastes. Hence, he added, ‘if that’s not success I don’t know what is.’

Abhay also said that an actor earns recognition only after he is endorsing brands every other day in India. 

But I cannot sit here and say that I am not recognised… People love my work and they tell me that all the time. It’s sad that in India particularly, more so than in America, you just have to constantly feed the beast and stay in the news. We’ve created a system where, unless I see you every other day endorsing 10 brands, you’re not recognised. What happened to just the fact that people love you and say that they do, and that journalists want to speak to you and papers are interested in what you have to say?

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In the recent movie Spin, Abhay has essayed the character of a father to a 16-year-old teenage girl, an Indian-American actor, Avantika Vandanapu.

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